Nigerians of voting age residing in the United Kingdom and other countries abroad have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court asking that they be stopped from continuing with preparations for the 2023 General Election until Diaspora voting is allowed.
The lawsuit with case number FHC/ ABJ/ CS/2119/2022 is before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Barrister Chikwe Nkemnacho and Kenneth Azubuike Nkemnacho, who both live in the United Kingdom, are the plaintiffs in the case. They filed it on behalf of all Nigerians living abroad in the diaspora.
In the lawsuit brought on their behalf by Augustine Temfeh-Nkemnacho, they are asking the court to rule that, in accordance with sections 13, 14, 42, and 17 of the 1999 Constitution, that they be allowed to vote in 2023 and in all elections, regardless of where they are domiciled.
. reports that the plaintiffs stated that their fundamental rights, as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, would be flagrantly infringed if they were not permitted to vote in the 2023 elections and later ones.
The lawsuit’s mention and the deadline for the defendants to submit their corresponding responses to the action by the Nigerians to compel diaspora voting have been set for January 19, 2023 by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria, INEC, the Chairman of INEC, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are the four defendants in the case, listed in order from first to fourth.
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